Greetings UT faculty and staff across the system!

Category: CHRO

Brian Dickens
Brian Dickens,
Chief Human Resources Officer

In this issue, we will highlight the many facets of the Be One UT value of United and Connected. We will focus on the many ways that we collaborate internally and externally for a greater collective impact across the great state of Tennessee. You will see many examples of our connecting with each other as UT employees and the many ways we come together at the campus and system levels to share our collective experiences and knowledge. As you read through this issue, I am hopeful that you, too, will be inspired to engage in new and exciting ways.

We are in the middle of this years 2022 annual enrollment for state and higher education employees, which is scheduled from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14. We encourage our employees to learn about new changes to our state plans, and to review and make important decisions regarding their benefit elections. Employees may use their single sign-on to access the IRIS portal and the Edison tab to review their elections for health, vision, dental and other optional coverages. We are also hopeful that employees will take advantage of the newly added Ask ALEX self-service employee resource to aid employees in making the best decision regarding their elections.

We are deliberately highlighting and maintaining our new designation as a Great Place to Work as certified by employees across the system. We believe that it is because of the hard work of many of our unsung heroes who are carrying out critical work across the system that we now enjoy that certification. We will highlight a few of these heroes in payroll, retirement and benefits who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we are all attended to as employees of the UT System and its campuses and institutes across the state. We will also share some exciting spotlights of our Employee and Organization Development team and emphasize a few new and impactful offerings from the learning and development perspective. Lastly, we want to bring awareness to some wonderful note-worthy developments in our UT Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement campaign that we will highlight during this issue.

In closing, this issue will demonstrate the many efforts of our faculty, staff and students. It will also highlight the importance of continually communicating with each other, and continuing our journey of upholding the Be One UT values as we foster ongoing and pervasive collaborations at UT.

Brian K. Dickens